AirTran STILL Profitable Year to Date

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Despite outrageous fuel prices, we only lost $200,000 for the 3rd Quarter and are still showing a small profit for the first 9 months of 2005.

AirTran Holdings Reports Record Third Quarter Revenues of $374.6 Million
Thursday October 27, 6:05 am ET

- Unit Revenue Increases 16.4% -

- All-Time Record Passengers and Load Factor -

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE: AAI - News), the parent company of AirTran Airways, Inc., today reported a net loss of $0.2 million for the third quarter 2005 and net income of $3.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share year to date. This compares to net loss of $9.8 million or $0.11 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2004 and net income of $11.1 million or $0.12 per share for 2004 year to date.

Joe Leonard, chairman and chief executive officer said, "AirTran Airways set new records during the third quarter carrying 4.4 million customers and increasing our load factor over six points to 76.3%. Coupled with capacity growth of 31.1%, our third quarter revenue performance was truly gratifying, particularly given the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."
AirTran Airways also set a new revenue record of $374.6 million, up 52.5% over the prior year. Commenting on the third quarter, Robert L. Fornaro, president and chief operating officer said, "The combination of a 6.9% increase in yield and the strong load factors led to the double digit increase in unit revenues of 16.4%." Fornaro went on to say, "Our crew members performed tirelessly to serve the record numbers of customers and deserve credit for our record setting performance."

Non-fuel unit costs declined 2.9% year over year while operating costs including fuel rose 10.5% to 9.56 cents. Stan Gadek, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, said, "While we continued to drive down non-fuel costs, the increasing price of fuel more than offset our effort. Through conservation, hedging and technology we managed to offset some, but not all of the increased energy costs."

Highlights of AirTran Airways' accomplishments during the third quarter and year to date include:
- Closed on new financing for aircraft pre-delivery deposits and purchase financing for 2006 and 2007 aircraft deliveries. - Announced the opening of two new cities, Cancun and Detroit. - Announced new service to Minneapolis-St Paul and Boston from Chicago Midway. - Added two Boeing 737 aircraft to our fleet, increasing our fleet to 99 aircraft. - Began installation of winglets on our Boeing 737 aircraft. - Initiated non-stop service to Las Vegas from Akron-Canton and Flint. - Announced the ratification of a contract agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for our aircraft mechanics and inspectors. - Expanded XM Radio service to 61 aircraft.

AirTran Holdings, Inc., will conduct a conference call to discuss quarterly results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the internet at http://www.airtran.com.
AirTran Airways, one of America's largest low-fare airlines with 6,700 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates over 500 daily flights to 49 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier. AirTran Airways recently added the fuel-efficient Boeing 737-700 aircraft to create America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. The airline is also the first carrier to install XM Satellite Radio on a commercial aircraft. For reservations or more information, visit http://airtran.com (America Online Keyword: AirTran).
 
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RP 04

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Is that before, or after the Bud commercial?
 

DonVerita

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"The Orlando, Florida-based low-cost carrier said its third-quarter loss amounted to $228,000, or breakeven on a per-share basis."

Basically, the quarter was a wash.
 

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Kind of scary most reporting loses in the 3rd Quarter. I know it's cause of the fuel prices, but historically the 2nd and 3rd are where most airline's are supposed to put the most cash in the bank. The wonderfulness of this industry goes on.
 

GogglesPisano

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How are negotiations going over there, guys? Hopefully we'll hear good news about a pilot contract instead of the usual downward spiral.
 

Ty Webb

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nimtz said:
Kind of scary most reporting loses in the 3rd Quarter. I know it's cause of the fuel prices, but historically the 2nd and 3rd are where most airline's are supposed to put the most cash in the bank. .
Because of AirTran's North-South route structure, the 2nd and 4th quarters have been the more profitable ones. That was part of the motivation to start the East-West flying- to balance things out.
 
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